Assad vows to stay in Syria
The Syrian Head of State Bashar al-Assad refuses to negotiate his safe exit from country, saying he wanted "to live and die in Syria." On Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was in favor of a safe exit to Assad from Syria if it could put an end to bloodshed.
In an interview with a Russian television channel, excerpts of which were published on Thursday, he said: "I'm not a puppet. I am Syrian and I have to live and die in Syria. The Russian channel in Arabic Roussiya al-Youm is expected to air the full interview on Friday.
Al-Assad also warned against foreign intervention in his country, warning that it would "impact the entire world."
Presenting his country as the "last bastion of secularism, stability and coexistence in the region", he said that intervention in Syria would create "a domino effect in the world from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean"
"I do not think the West will go in this direction, but if it does, nobody can predict what will happen next," he said.